SCC to offer cloud computing, virtualization for IT classes in fall


A new fall class offered by Scottsdale Community College will give information technology networking professionals a chance to grow their knowledge base and get hands-on experience in cloud computing and virtualization.

CIS 197 is a VMWare certified course that will provide practical applications in these two growing IT areas, according to a press release. In this course, students will work extensively on advanced hardware and virtualized applications.

The course prepares students to sit for the VMware Certified Professional exam, according to the release.

“This course offers a comprehensive approach to developing skills and knowledge in one of the fastest-growing areas of the IT industry,” said Ron Monroig, occupational program director for Computer Information Systems at SCC. “This hands-on practical application approach provides a less time-constrained alternative to the five-day fast track course offered by most corporate training institutions.”

The three-credit course, taught over 16 weeks, will cost $84 per credit, plus lab fees and books, according to the release.

IT professionals working in a data center or IT in general can broaden their horizons by learning how to design, deploy and maintain cloud infrastructure and virtualized computing and storage systems.

Students will learn via hands-on experience in the school’s CIS Networking Lab, an “off-the-campus-grid network” built and maintained by students with a bank of more than 60 servers, according to the release.

“It makes good sense to reinforce learning by having our students design, build and maintain the very systems on which they train,” Mr. Monroig said.

Because the networking lab provides “remote control” access to virtual systems, students can run their applications and labs from home for additional training. Students taking this course should have a solid background in networking essentials with some IT industry experience.

VMWare has become a market leader in cloud computing and virtualization, which has quickly grown into a multibillion dollar industry.

SCC plans to develop a suite of classes on cloud computing and virtualization, with CIS 197 serving as the first class in this program of study.

For more information, contact Mr. Monroig at 480-423-6696 or e-mail

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